It’s already been a couple of months since I returned from Los Angeles, USA and I’m greatly missing the sunny city. Aside from it being bitterly cold in Melbourne these past few weeks, it’s not just the weather that I love about LA. I’ve already shared with you my accommodation and dining experiences but I think I’ve saved the best for last …. shopping!
I’m going to share with you the shopping hot spots I always visit when I’m in the City of Angels.
Forget Rodeo Drive and head to Beverly Centre for the real shopping. Whether you have dollars to drop or are looking for something particular, you will undoubtedly find it at Beverly Centre. My favourites are the big department stores, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s; high-end designers Saint Laurent and Prada; fast fashion at EXPRESS, H&M, Love Culture and XXI Forever (aka Forever 21); and of course the huge range of trendy, designer labels like GUESS and bebe. It’s also shoe and accessory heaven with Michael Kors, Giuseppe Zanotti and Coach.
Beauty wise they have a huge Victoria’s Secret Beauty store, a decent sized Sephora and the scented heaven of Bath & Body Works.
image source: Wikipedia
West Hollywood Gateway
It’s a small, urban shopping centre that has just 20 stores, but West Hollywood Gateway has 3 stores that I just can’t leave the USA without visiting – Target, Best Buy and Ulta. Ulta is known for being a suburban beauty destination so when you are a tourist it’s actually a little difficult to find one near places you would be travelling.
USA Target is a world of difference to Target Australia so I love checking in there to see just how different the products are. I usually pick up toys for my dogs and check out the mass beauty brand displays to see what they have that we don’t. Lastly, Best Buy, is a leading electronics store and there is always something my brother wants from there. I personally love it for all the phone and tech gadgets.
I loved The Grove long before they had a VeggieGrill, but I admit that does sweeten the deal. The Grove is a beautiful outdoor shopping centre that is conveniently attached to a bustling farmers market. It’s great for grabbing a bite to eat and sitting on the grass to people watch, followed by shopping the afternoon away.
When I have money to burn and want to go where the cool people shop, I head to Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood. The stretch between Santa Monica Blvd and Third Avenue is where you will find the best stores. It mixes uber-designer brands like Chanel with cool-designer brands like Alice + Olivia. The stores I can’t resist taking a peek in (and sometimes found swiping my credit card) is Make Up For Ever, Paul & Joe, Kitson, Lululemon, Tory Burch and Intermix.
Famed, celebrity-spotting restaurant, The Ivy, is also located here and if a celebrity wants to be seen they will be on Robertson Blvd.
Hollywood & Highland
In the heart of Hollywood is the Hollywood & Highland Centre, conveniently located amongst all the tourist action of the Walk of Fame and celebrity tour operators. It’s a great destination to visit whether you are travelling solo or are with people. There’s shopping, dining and a kicking nightlife.
This is my favourite Sephora location because it’s one of the bigger stores in LA and there is so much room to play without bumping into other shoppers at every turn. I also reserve this location for shopping at GAP, Aldo, Skechers and just across the road for American Apparel.
Have you been shopping in LA? Do you have any shopping destinations to recommend? Let me know by commenting below!